Investment for the Underdog - SVc2Lx

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One of my presentations as part of Silicon Valley comes to Lisbon - Investment for the Underdog Tips for European Startups Raising Capital Abroad.

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Investment for the Underdog - SVc2Lx

  1. 1. Investment for the UnderdogTips for European Startups Raising Capital Abroad Sean Ammirati Partner, Birchmere Ventures
  2. 2. Pittsburgh OfficeMenlo Park Office
  3. 3. Past: Research Fellow, CMU Software Industry Center Director Business Development, Peak Strategy (sold to Morgan Stanley) CEO & Co-Founder, mSpoke (sold to LinkedIn) COO, ReadWriteWeb (sold to SAY Media)Now: Partner, Birchmere Ventures Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Mellon University
  4. 4. The Basics ...
  5. 5. A VC’s Job:Step 1: Find the best companiesStep 2: Invest on rational terms Step 3: Help them grow
  6. 6. 1 Investment:100 - 150 Pitches
  7. 7. The Relevant Question ...
  8. 8. The Relevant Question ...What makes a great investment?
  9. 9. 1 Fantastic Team2 Large Market3 True Differentiation4 Market Validation5 Fit with the Fund
  10. 10. The Team ... Hustler + Hacker (full time)
  11. 11. Large Market ... VC vs Angel (not necessarily a reflection on the biz)
  12. 12. True Differentiation ... Patents Engaged Community, Strategic Relationships, etc ...
  13. 13. Market Validation ...
  14. 14. Fit with the Fund ... Sector Stage Partner can add value
  15. 15. 3 Tips Beyond Building a Great Company
  16. 16. #1 Travel ... 200,000 air miles in 2008 & 2009 (all domestic)
  17. 17. #2 Creatively Self Promote ...
  18. 18. #3 Relentlessly Network... Adam Nash VP, Product LinkedIn
  19. 19. Questions ????@SeanAmmirati
  20. 20. Sean AmmiratiSean Ammirati joined Birchmere Ventures in 2012 to as the partnerleading Birchmere Labs, a seed and studio fund focused on communitydriven commerce startups.He has over 12 years founding, building and selling businesses in themedia and software industries. Sean was previously Chief OperatingOfficer of ReadWriteWeb, one of the most influential sites about thefuture of technology and innovation. In December 2011, the companywas acquired by SAY Media to strengthen its technology channel. Seanwas previously co-founder and CEO of mSpoke, which was the firstacquisition of LinkedIn.Sean is currently an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at CarnegieMellon University’s Tepper & Heinz Schools. He also was a foundingadvisor to Innovation Works’ AlphaLab accelerator. He holds a B.S. incomputer information systems from Grove City College and was aresearch fellow at Carnegie Mellon’s Sloan Software Industry Center. p: 412.401.0037 e: seanammirati@gmail.com t: @SeanAmmirati

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